USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier launched on May 4, 1944. It was commissioned on June 7, the same year with the hull number CVE-98 under Capt. R. C. Warrack’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 16, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Espiritu Santo, Eniwetok, Guam, Manus, Manila, Formosa, San Pedro, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1960, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Kwajalein received 2 battle stars. For many veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, asbestos exposure was unavoidable and the risk completely unknown. It is important for Navy veterans to understand how they were exposed to asbestos while on duty and what options are available if they have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos while on duty are eligible for free health care, disability compensation, and other VA benefits. In addition to their VA claims, they can also file for asbestos trust funds compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Kwajalein (CVE-98)

robert lawrence adams

kirk l brimley

william s. cosper

murray hamilton davis

melvin ray frantz

jerome t. grotte

walter clifford henry

joseph henry hesser

george jerold holton

luis bauman justus

stanley engle kraft

james howard leith

james albert mccoig

frank j. o'donnell

lawrence jason swain